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Bonsai growers in western Japan are trying to boost exports of a tree known as the “queen of bonsai” for the elegance of its leaves and trunk, mainly to Europe, to establish a global brand and revitalize the regional economy.

In August, 12 suppliers in Shikokuchuo, Ehime Prefecture, launched a group to promote overseas shipments of the akaishi goyōmatsu tree, which is native to the 1,706-meter Mount Higashiakaishi in the prefecture and suitable for bonsai.

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